Though it was started by a Pokemon X & Y trailer from which memes will surely be generated, the focus of today's Nintendo Direct was very much on the Wii U, and what Nintendo planned to do to turn round their ailing console's fortunes. The result was rather mixed to say the least, with a line-up boasting few surprises and even a few disappointments to boot. However, the promised 3D Mario game did appear.
We wait all year for it, and E3 has come around once again, complete with glitz, glamour and an entourage worthy of royalty. As expected, the focus has been firmly on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with everything else sidelined, almost to the point of obscurity. Nintendo take centre stage later, but this was the grudge match between Sony and Microsoft, and it didn't take too long to make an assessment.
Nintendo is a large company, employing thousands of people around the world to create some of the best games and hardware in the world. In the first part of a new series, Sensible Nintendo profiles Nintendo's internal studios around the world, who have surprisingly broad interests.
Being a lawyer, to me, sounds like a horrible job. To spend years memorising the law of the land at university, and then spend your life defending people and corporation often up to no good, sounds like a nightmare. Yet video gaming has an uncanny knack of making even the most unpalatable of situations desirable. It's the reason why the US Army created America's Army as a recruitment drive, for example. And I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that being a lawyer looked appealing -- even fun -- when playing Phoenix Wright, the DS' most surprising smash hit.